The national ice hockey team is preparing to defend its title at the Deutschland Cup. On Saturday, the inexperienced Söderholm’s team was convinced in the match against Austria. This time the audience was more.
Krefeld – Second game, second victory. German ice hockey talents have advised themselves for further tasks and are preparing to win again at the Deutschland Cup. National coach Toni Söderholm’s largely inexperienced side also beat Austria 3-0 (2-0, 1-0, 0-0) at home in Krefeld.
To win the German Cup for the ninth time, the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) team needs a point on Sunday (14:30 / MagentaSport) to finish against Slovakia, who finished third at the Olympics.
Good mood with over 3000 fans
Andreas Eder (6th minute) of Red Bull Munich, his brother Tobias Eder (18th) of Düsseldorfer EG and Danjo Leonhardt (29th) of Nürnberg Ice Tigers were successful in front of 3,310 spectators on Saturday. In Thursday’s opener, Germany won 3-2 after extra time against Denmark.
In the prestigious match against Austria, there was much more atmosphere than on Thursday, when less than 1000 spectators entered the hall. The arena was not fully occupied on Saturday either, but as DEB had previously announced, there were significantly more people there, which also created a good atmosphere.
The German youth team also did a lot for it. The match against the neighboring country, which is participating in the traditional foursome tournament for the first time, was much more intense. Germany also set the tone from the start and took the lead after a great attack through Andreas Eder and a nice cross from captain Marc Michaelis (Langnau/Switzerland).
Söderholm is testing the team’s alternatives
Söderholm had an even more inexperienced selection than he did on the ice Thursday. On Saturday, the national coach was without international experienced national team returners Dominik Bock (Frankfurt) and Maximilian Kammerer (Cologne).
The most experienced player of the team left before the game. The 32-year-old defender of the champion Berlin “Eisberen” Marko Novak is sick and therefore was already absent from the match against Denmark. Instead, his clubmate Eric Meek made his debut in the national team. Yannick Moeser from “Grizzlies Wolfsburg” was also injured in Saturday’s game and will not be able to play again.
Above all, Söderholm wants to test possible team alternatives for next May’s World Cup in Krefeld in Finland and Latvia. Therefore, this year he gave up a number of regular employees.
And the choice of the German C did the self-promotion properly. Even after Nurnberg’s Daniel Schmöltz, the scorer of both goals on Thursday, was ruled out for a similar challenge to rival David Mayer, Germany kept pace and were largely rewarded with another fine combination in the first third before the break. . This time Toby Eder met another pass from Michaelis.
As for the fight, the DEB team was also convincing and continued to be aggressive. Leonhard made the initial decision in the middle section. Austria tried in vain to return to the game against the convincing German team.